Business fears grow as sectarian battles rumble on in Glengormley

Paint bombs were thrown during sectarian trouble in Glengormley.
Paint bombs were thrown during sectarian trouble in Glengormley.

THE centre of Glengormley was once again a battleground for sectarian fighting between teenage thugs this week. And traders have warned the ongoing trouble could result in them leaving the town, taking vital jobs and business out of Glengormley.

Two gangs of young people were said to have gathered on the Carnmoney Road in a face-off at around 10pm on Monday, June 13.

They had taken up opposing lines at the junctions of Portland Avenue and the Antrim Road.

One local businessman said the air was “full of tension” as the gangs traded insults.

It is thought the young people clashed in the area close to the church later in the night, with teenagers as young as 14 and 15 involved in the trouble which is becoming a regular occurrence in the town.

On Tuesday morning the only sign of violence that remained was paint stains across the pavement outside the shops along the road.

“It was just the usual sectarian trouble we have been having for years,” said one local businessman who witnessed the tension escalate between the two sides.

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